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This week in Parliament Kerry will be asking questions of the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, and the Chancellor, George Osborne. On Monday the Commons debates amendments to the Infrastructure Bill, including on fracking, pubs being turned into supermarkets without the need for planning permission, and the inclusion of a Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy in the Bill (as championed by Sustrans). Kerry will also be speaking as shadow foreign affairs minister in the Westminster Hall debate on Sri Lanka. She will also be attending a Green Alliance dinner, a Youth Environment Trust reception, and a meeting about Marine Protected Areas. In Bristol Kerry’s diary will include visiting St Bede’s Catholic College, and the Alzheimer’s Society in Kingswood, as well as street surgeries in Hillfields. 

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Home Office figures released last month reveal that 470,000 people aged 16-59 used nitrous oxide in the past year, up 100,000 from 2013. The same study found that 7.6% of those aged 16-24 used nitrous oxide in the past year. What is your view on the growing recreational use of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)?



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Latest news


26 January 2015
Well over 150 constituents have contacted me about Government proposals in the Infrastructure Bill to remove landowner consent for shale gas drilling and later today I will vote to stop fracking from going ahead, unless a robust regulatory framework is put into place.
We are all deeply concerned by the NHS crisis. At Southmead in particular, the situation seems to be getting worse, with only 78% of patients being seen within 4 hours, and more ambulances queuing up outside, more operations cancelled, and more bed-blocking.
Many of my constituents are likely to have suffered at the hands of ticket touts who shamelessly cash in on peoples’ passion for theatre, music or sporting events. Many will know how difficult it is, trying to book tickets for their chosen event, only to find that it in many cases it sells out within minutes due to thousands of tickets being hovered up by botnets.
I have been actively involved in the campaign to ensure that residential properties due to be built next to The Fleece are adequately sound-proofed, to protect this much-loved music venue from the threat of closure as a result of future noise complaints, as well as ensuring the flats provide decent homes.
I know lots of my constituents share my concerns about the proposed McDonalds ‘drive-thru’ on Fishponds Road. I have formally objected to the proposals; you can find my full objection in the website post titled 'More information on the McDonalds Fishponds Road application' (15th October). You can also find a link to Clare Fowle’s petition there which has now received over 1500 signatures.

Blog

Just by way of an update to Monday’s post… Another invite has arrived. WWF are the culprits again! PRASEG & WWF-UK Event – The economics of climate change policy: what are the overall costs and benefits of the UK meeting its carbon budgets?Wednesday 10 September 2014, 17:00 – 19:00, Committee Room 6, House of Commons […]
Just an update to yesterday’s post on mitochrondial disease. I have to say I was rather surprised to see Professor Robert Winston – now Lord Winston – cited in the motion, as he is usually a leading supporter of genetic research. I’ve now seen a Twitter exchange between him – @profrwinston – and Dr Sarah […]
Just before recess I was at a WWF event in Parliament on environmental issues, with rather a large panel of speakers – all male, all white and, with one exception, all middle-aged. I’ve now received an invite to another ‘green’ event, from the Aldersgate Group: a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type event on 11th September with the […]
Later today, after the PM’s statement and a general debate on hospital car parking charges, there will be a debate on “Mitochondrial replacement techniques and public safety”. Here’s a BBC report which explains very simply what it’s about – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28986843 – and an educational animated video narrated by none other than Bill Nighy http://www.thelilyfoundation.org.uk/animation/ Basically, […]
There’s a review starting on council ward boundaries in Bristol. Due to new housing being built in some areas and demographic changes, some wards are deemed to be far too big – this is particularly an issue in Cabot, Lawrence Hill and Ashley wards – while others are by comparison too small. This could be […]
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